Black Is Back wins Batavia Open; Gray wins five August 18, 2019

Batavia, NY — Black Is Back took full advantage of post one in Saturday night’s (Aug.17) $12,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs, going gate to wire in impressive fashion. Driver Dave McNeight III flew off the wings to claim the point with Black Is Back in the first turn and then kept his foot on the gas to the quarter in :27 flat. The … Continue reading Black Is Back wins Batavia Open; Gray wins five »

Wheels A Turning rolls in Batavia Open trot August 17, 2019

Batavia, NY — After heavy late afternoon rains degraded the track to sloppy, a very game Wheels A Turning overcame the weather, a slow start and a breaking horse to score a decisive victory in the $12,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Aug. 16). Off the gate, Dragin The Wagon (Shawn McDonough) went for the lead and in doing so, … Continue reading Wheels A Turning rolls in Batavia Open trot »

Batavia Downs steps up to fight breast cancer August 16, 2019

Batavia, NY — Friday night (Aug. 16) at Batavia Downs is noteworthy for two reasons. One, it’s the first live card of harness racing held on a Friday this meet at the Downs as the track previously hosted their now completed concert series on Friday. Second, it’s the night of the Batavia Down’s annual “Races to Benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester” (www.bccr.org) fundraiser … Continue reading Batavia Downs steps up to fight breast cancer »

Merga Hanover, Movie Town impressive in NYSS at Batavia August 15, 2019

Batavia, NY — $107,000 was up for grabs when the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) 2-year-old pacing fillies visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14) and the winners of both divisions put in stellar performances. The first $53,000 split was won by Merga Hanover (American Ideal-Magic Starlight) who took no prisoners in a gate to wire victory. Merga Hanover was floated off the gate … Continue reading Merga Hanover, Movie Town impressive in NYSS at Batavia »

Joey Pro extends win streak at Batavia August 12, 2019

Batavia, NY — Trainer John Hallett left the friendly confines of Tioga Downs with Joey Pro this week in lieu of a visit to Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 11) but despite the change in venue, they came away with the same result. Joey Pro scored another win, but this time in the top-class $12,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at the oldest lighted harness … Continue reading Joey Pro extends win streak at Batavia »

Visiting Saulsbrook Deputy takes Batavia Open August 11, 2019

Batavia, NY – Saratoga Raceway regular Saulsbrook Deputy shipped into western New York on Saturday night (Aug. 10) for the first time and immediately laid down the law after winning the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs. Driver John Cummings Jr. took his time placing Saulsbrook Deputy on the lead but cleared by the quarter and opened up a two-length advantage at that … Continue reading Visiting Saulsbrook Deputy takes Batavia Open »

Business is booming at Batavia’s Championship meet August 9, 2019

Batavia, NY — The numbers are in and they’re impressive to say the least. After completing two weeks of the 2019 live harness racing meet, Batavia Downs has reported unprecedented increases in handle from every source of wagering. Western Regional Off Track Betting (WROTB) operates Batavia Downs and released the following numbers after the first nine cards of racing. Export betting was up 36%, on-track … Continue reading Business is booming at Batavia’s Championship meet »

NYSS trotters break Batavia track record twice August 8, 2019

Batavia, NY — The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters invaded Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 7) and they did some damage to the record book by breaking the local mark for their age, gender and gait in two successive series races. In the first $52,000 division, Bourbon Express (RC Royalty-Kasha) was sent down the road by driver Jason Bartlett and … Continue reading NYSS trotters break Batavia track record twice »

Third Shift, Barn Holden lead NYSS frosh trotters at Batavia August 6, 2019

Batavia, NY — The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings will be in Genesee County on Wednesday (Aug. 7) to compete for their share of the $103,000 in total purses available in two divisions to be raced at Batavia Downs. Third Shift (Chapter Seven-Overnight Command) and Barn Holden (Conway Hall-Barn Babe) are the top two point-getters and money earners in their … Continue reading Third Shift, Barn Holden lead NYSS frosh trotters at Batavia »

Hickfromfrenchlick equals Batavia mark in NYSS action August 5, 2019

Batavia, NY — Hickfromfrenchlick came to play on Sunday (Aug. 4) in his $58,700 division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Batavia Downs and he went gate to wire in impressive fashion and equaled the track record time. Leaving from post one driver Matt Kakaley was rolling immediately with Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl’s A Star) and had … Continue reading Hickfromfrenchlick equals Batavia mark in NYSS action »